A good picture will allow  you to understand the story and the  roles  almost without  dialogue.  These moments from Michael Curtiz Directed version of  THE  SEA WOLF (1941) is a  wonderful example of  that technique.  Curtiz was  a story teller on par with John Ford even if  he moved  from genre to genre.  Curtiz was at home with the  ‘large  story” and the character  study.    Here he  works with a brilliant cast of  Edward  G  Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield and  Alexander Knox.      The scenes  are  cut to music  yet  you can still understand the motives,  the churning ambitions and  passions of the people.     The  turmoil of the  sea water  that surrounds the  ship….The  Sea Wolf.

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